The master’s programme in Aerospace Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology offers students a broad, challenging and internationally acknowledged education. It provides skills for aerospace modelling and design, for solving complex engineering tasks, for collaboration with others on projects, and for communicating results and findings in a professional manner.
The programme at KTH is highly international with contacts and students from all over the world. The programme director, Christer Fuglesang, is an astronaut and a KTH alumnus.
The programme is branched into four tracks: Aeronautics, Space, Lightweight Structures and Systems Engineering, from which the student chooses towards the end of the first term. Each track has a few compulsory courses, but most are optional. A set of recommended courses are also provided, but students chose optional courses based on their own interests and wish to advance. There are also many possibilities to combine courses between the tracks.
The employment market for aerospace engineers in Europe is strong and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. Airbus is the main European aerospace company, employing about 130,000 people, but a large share of the work is performed at various subcontractors all over Europe and worldwide. Students taking the Aeronautics track are particularly attractive to companies working in aerodynamics and aeronautics.
The space sector is dynamic and evolving, with major projects such as navigation satellite projects and challenging scientific missions. The European space industry employs about 40,000 people. As a space engineer, you can, for example, work with development, testing and the operation of satellites, launchers, sounding rockets or other space systems.
Lightweight design calls for a systems approach to the choice of materials, manufacturing processes and product solutions. Students taking the Lightweight Structures track are thus prepared for a future in the development of new products or applications where more sustainable air transportation likely will be a key societal issue for the coming decades. There is a constant need for skilled structural engineers within aerospace, naval and automotive engineering, as well as in other businesses working with more niched manufacturing or innovative design solutions.
The aeronautics track focuses on modelling, analysis and design of aircraft. The overall objectives are that students should learn to design and estimate the performance of an aircraft, compute its aerodynamic properties, simulate its motion in flight, and analyse how the aerodynamic and structural properties influence stability and control.
Space technology plays a key role in modern society, enabling telecommunication and navigation services, weather forecasting, Earth observation and much more.
The Lightweight Structures track focuses on analysis and development of lightweight materials and structures for more efficient mechanical solutions and products.
Aircraft, trains and satellites are examples of complex systems that have to be designed with reliable control systems and efficient maintenance plans to be competitive in today's global market.
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Programme specific admission requirements
The applicant must have a basic degree, Bachelor's or similar, from an aeronautical, mechanical engineering or similar programme with sufficient theoretical depth and good academic results. Course work must include multivariable calculus, linear algebra, numerical analysis, ordinary differential equations, rigid body mechanics, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics.
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